The UK events industry is one of the fastest growing sector in the UK with the proliferation of music based events, festivals, tours as well as huge corporate, arts and family based sectors.

As an Event Assistant, apprentices will be typically working within a team of people in an events company or within the events department of a larger organisation. They will be providing support to a number of Event Planners or Project Managers carrying out a wide range of tasks necessary to plan, organise and deliver an event: this could include, searching for the right location and venue for the event; working with the design team on the look and feel of the event; or organising logistics like transportation and catering.

Alongside your workplace experiences you will also learn from tutors, industry guests and assessors that work in the industry now and are able to teach you cutting edge industry practice.

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme. Through your apprenticeship you will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills you need for an immediate job in the industry and also help you to develop your future career. You will gain this through a broad mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training delivered by BCT and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment

Apprenticeships are assessed through a new framework known as a standard. These are new for 2017 having been designed and endorsed by employers in each industry giving you as an apprentice, and your employer, confidence that you will develop the skills you need to be successful in your chosen career and make real contribution to their company.

The Event Assistant standard* is delivered throughout your apprenticeship in partnership with your employer and consists of 2 assessment periods:

• On-programme Assessment
• End Point Assessment

On-programme assessment makes up the first 12 months of the programme and requires the apprentice to achieve all elements of the standard through a mix of on-the-job training in the workplace and off-the-job learning. This consists of two key elements:

• Build a portfolio of evidence that is made up of examples of real workplace tasks that demonstrate technical competencies, skills, attitudes and behaviours of the standard

• Participating in training sessions and industry master classes to cover knowledge and understanding the standard

*You must achieve Maths & English Grade C or above as a condition of entry onto a BCT apprenticeship

Off the job training will consist of a mix of online learning, tutorial sessions and industry master classes at the college, alongside monthly assessment sessions in the workplace with tailored support for each apprentice preparing them for end point assessment.

While spending time away from the employer apprentices are taught a wide range of up to date industry specific skills and practices by our team of industry experts creating industry standard products.

Off the job training is an invaluable part of our apprenticeships and has been shown to improve the overall success of our programmes for both the apprentice and the employer

After a minimum of 12 months on the apprenticeship, alongside gathering their summative portfolio of evidence covering the standard, an apprentice will then be eligible for end point assessment.

This will take place through an independent assessment provider and will consist of 3 key areas:

• Work based Project

The project must be carried in the final few months of the apprenticeship and is a work based project or practical case study set by the end point assessment organisation. It will be based around real work activities carried out in their job role such as supporting a real event.

• Assessment of the summative portfolio

The apprentice submits their portfolio of evidence from real work activity that has been built up progressively through the apprenticeship and demonstrates the application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the Standard. It will complement the Project, focusing on areas of not evidenced in the Project.

• Professional Discussion

Finally the Professional Discussion will be a structured interview around areas of the portfolio and the project. This will be held with an assessor from the Independent Assessment Organisation and representative from the apprentice’s employer (which may be their direct line manager).


An apprenticeship is a combination of training and employment that allows apprentices to earn a wage while also gaining invaluable knowledge and understanding of your specific creative sector through off the job training delivered by industry expert Tutors and Assessors at BCE. If you choose to join a Big Creative Apprenticeship, you will be hired as an apprentice for a minimum of 12 months working in an exciting creative company alongside completing a mixture of industry specific knowledge modules, nationally recognised and professional qualifications.


An apprentice is employed and paid directly by their employer either full-time (5 days per week), or part-time basis (4 days per week). All apprentices must participate in ‘off-the-job’ training which will consist of a mix of; remote online learning, assessment visits in your workplace, individual/group tutorials and monthly sector specific masterclasses with industry professional at the BCE campus as a part of their paid working week.

As an apprentice you will also gain valuable work experience, contacts and industry knowledge. An apprentice must be paid a minimum of £109.20 per week full-time. However many employers pay above this rate to compensate for the high living expenses in London.